A Codec is Required To Play This File???

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by LJV, May 24, 2010.

  1. LJV

    LJV Guest


    I am running Windows XP and I am using an up-to-date version of Windows
    Media Player 11. I have a video file which I received from a friend about
    three or four years ago now. I have played it and viewed it many times in
    the past using Windows Media Player with no problems at all. I guess it has
    been a little while since I've played it now, because when I went to open it
    yesterday, Windows Media Player pops out an error message saying that "A
    Codec is reguired to play this file..."

    I now know what a codec is, but I have no idea how to get a hold of this
    particular codec so that I can start viewing this video once again. I don't
    even know how to go about searching for it online because I don't know what
    to look for. I have also read that you need to be careful when downloading
    codecs because if they are not from a good/trustable source, it could wreak
    havoc on your computer. So I am concerned about this as well.

    Is there somewhere online where I can download the specific codec that this
    video file needs without doing harm to my computer?

    Thanks much,
    LJV, May 24, 2010
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    Tim De Baets Guest

    When seeing the codecs, it looks like the file should be playable by a
    default WMP install, without needing any third-party codecs. Are you sure
    that the file didn't get damaged? Would it be possible to re-download the

    Is WMP able to play other WMV files, or does it show the same error message
    for all of them?

    In the case that the error is caused by corrupted system files, reinstalling
    WMP or rolling back to an earlier System Restore point could help.


    Tim De Baets

    Tim De Baets, May 27, 2010
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    Tim De Baets Guest

    What's the file type (extension) of the file (AVI, WMV...)?

    Open the video in GSpot - http://www.headbands.com/gspot , this
    application will show the audio and video codec used in the file. You
    can then report those codecs here, so we can point you to the
    download(s) required to play the video.

    Tim De Baets, May 27, 2010
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    LJV Guest

    Thank you for your post here. First, the video is a WMV file type. I
    downloaded the GSpot software from the website and I opened the video using
    this software. Here is what it stated:

    Codec (Audio) = 0x0161 [WMA v2]
    Codec (Video) = WMV1, Name = WMP v7

    Also, I noticed that when I downloaded this program it is not in my start
    programs list and/or there is no icon for it so I can just click on it. I
    seem to have to locate it everytime within my folder list, click on it and
    run it that way. Is there an easier way to do this? Sorry about this second

    LJV, May 27, 2010
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    LJV Guest

    Hi Neil,

    I have actually already downloaded the GSpot software and opened the
    offending WMV file in GSpot and have listed the Audio and Video Codecs in my
    first reply of this discussion. Please take a look at that reply. If you
    could then direct me as to how to get this codec and then install it also
    that would be great. I am a total newbie to this online media stuff and am a
    little clueless as to how to go about remedying this problem.


    LJV, May 28, 2010
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    LJV Guest

    Hi Tim,

    I read your reply that you wrote below a few more times and realized that it
    was making a lot of sense. So I just downloaded a fresh version of WMP,
    version 11 and the offending video plays now without a hitch. As you had
    mentioned below, some of the system files had probably gotten corrupted at
    some point and the download corrected all of that. Thanks so much!


    LJV, May 30, 2010
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